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More than sun and pineapples: A look into the culture of astronomical sciences in Hawai'i

with Emerald Naylor
WHEN: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | 7 p.m.
WHERE: SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge (Room 201)

The Island Lecture Series February lecture is Tuesday, February 19, at 7 p.m. in the SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge on the UPEI campus, and will feature Island Studies master’s student Emerald Naylor speaking about her research in Hawai’i.

“More than sun and pineapples: A look into the culture of astronomical sciences in Hawai'i" is a research project that focuses on the importance and popularity of astronomy on the Big Island of Hawai'i. Join Emerald as she reflects back on her recent trip to the Big Island, sharing her observations of astronomy culture and the importance of showcasing both Western and Hawaiian perspectives. This project focuses on the impact of the 13 telescopes on Maunakea and how relationships between Hawaiians and Western astronomers are navigated. She will also discuss what the current tensions may mean for the future of astronomy on Maunakea.
Emerald Naylor is currently a second-year student in the Master of Arts in Island Studies program at the University of Prince Edward Island. She graduated from the University of Waterloo on the Dean's Honours List, with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and History. An avid participant in the arts from a very young age, she is now a writer and freelance choreographer and dancer. Emerald was previously a member of the Waterloo Region Record's Youth Editorial Board, St. Jerome's Student Activities Committee, and the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies. She is currently a member of the International Small Island Studies Association, and the Vice-President of UPEI's Graduate Student Association. Emerald is the recipient of many awards including the Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, the Kitchener's Youth Council Award in Arts and Culture, and second place for Children's Literature in the Waterloo Region.

Admission to the lecture is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

The next lecture is scheduled for March 19, 2019. Mark your calendars!

For more information, please contact Laurie at or (902) 894-2881.


The Master of Arts, Island Studies program at the University of Prince Edward Island has acquired funding to support students who wish to apply to our thesis program starting in September 2019. Successful applicants would receive up to $12,500 CAD to support their studies in the first year, renewable for a second year based on continued strong performance. In order to be eligible for this funding opportunity, students must be willing to choose a thesis research topic from among the following options:

•    Enhancing Rural Labour Markets in an Era of Rural Population Challenges
•    The Development of Prince Edward Island as an All-Seasons Tourism Destination: Lessons from other Cold Water Small Islands
•    An Analysis of Entrepreneurship on Prince Edward Island: A Case Study of [insert a sector here]
•    PEI as a Living Lab for Renewable Energy: The Preconditions for a Sustainable Future
•    A Longitudinal Analysis of Newcomer Entrepreneurs on Prince Edward Island
•    Stories of Island Repatriation: A Qualitative Analysis of Islanders Who “Lived Away”
We encourage potential applicants to find out more about the program by going to our website at and by contacting us at Statements of Research Interest must speak to one or more of the specific thesis research topics listed above. Complete applications received by March 31, 2019, would receive first consideration for funding. Final decisions are dependent on budget availability. 


UPEI Environmental Studies Book Club Discussion Series: Energy History of PEI

with Dr. Alan MacEachern, Dr. Josh MacFadyen, and Ms. Kathleen Stuart
WHEN: Friday, February 15, 2019 | 4 p.m.
WHERE: The Fox & Crow, W. A. Murphy Student Centre, UPEI Campus

This winter, be sure to join the Environmental Studies Book Club as they read and discuss Time and a Place: An Environmental History of Prince Edward Island (Island Studies Press, 2016). Discussions will probe into past and present environmental changes on PEI, and how and why Islanders are particularly sensitive to environmental issues and enmeshed in their landscape in a way that is unique among Canadians.

This second discussion in the series features energy transitions in PEI history and will focus on the chapter by Kathleen Stuart: “Two centuries of energy on Prince Edward Island.” Those interested in more information about the province’s energy policies in the 1973-1990 period can also read the book by Alan MacEachern: The Institute of Man and Resources: An Environmental Fable (Island Studies Press, 2003).

Organizers are thrilled that the authors and editors of these books, Ms. Kathleen Stuart, Dr. Alan MacEachern, and Dr. Josh MacFadyen, will join the discussion.

All are welcome.

Time and A Place: An Environmental History of Prince Edward Island and The Institute of Man and Resources: An Environmental Fable are available at the UPEI library and at the UPEI Bookstore. The former is available as an e-book at and the first chapter of the latter book is available on library reserves as a digital file. 

If have any questions/suggestions, please contact Dr. Nino Antadze at 



Language, Atlantic Canada, and the Gaelic Archipelago

with Rankin Sherling
WHEN: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Irish Cultural Centre, 582 North River Road, Charlottetown

Dr. Rankin Sherling will talk about his current research on the history of the Gaelic Language in North America, but with a heavy focus on Atlantic Canada and its central role in what he's calling a transoceanic "Gaelic Archipelago" that includes Scotland, Ireland, Canada, the US, Australia, and New Zealand.

Focus will be on (1) language and the way it shapes the way a person sees the world; (2) some ways in which the Gaelic Language, specifically, organized the reality that surrounds us; (3) Atlantic Canada's central role in the worldwide, Gaelic diaspora; and (4) the ways in which Gaelic, for a time, was a truly Canadian language.

Rankin Sherling received his PhD from Queen’s University in 2012. Since then he has taught at Atlanta State Metropolitan College and been a visiting researcher at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. He is now a tenured instructor of history at Marion Military Institute: the Military College of Alabama, where he has started an Irish Gaelic language program which for the last three years has taken military cadets to Ireland for five weeks to study Gaelic. He is a member of the executive committee of the Canadian Catholic Historical Association, and his first book, The Invisible Irish: Finding Protestants in the Nineteenth-Century Migrations to America, was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2016.

Admission is free. Everyone welcome. Doors open at 7 pm. For more information, contact John Flood at (902) 370-2394.


A Brief History of Professional Theatre in PEI

with Duncan McIntosh
WHEN: Friday, February 15, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Irish Cultural Centre, 582 North River Road, Charlottetown

Duncan McIntosh has directed and produced more than 200 plays, operas, and special events throughout North America and Europe in the last thirty years. He has been the Artistic Director of three of Canada’s largest theatres and is a published and produced playwright of twelve plays. He was the founding artistic director of the Watermark Theatre. Duncan was the President of Anne In China, Inc., a company which translated and published Anne of Green Gables with Tsinghua University Press. Hom Fa Ann-e was shortlisted as one of the 50 most influential books published in China in 2012 by the Chinese Publishing Association. He is President of the Canada China Friendship and Goodwill Association which encourages educational and cultural exchanges between the two countries. Duncan lives in West Covehead, PEI, with his partner Wade MacLauchlan, who is the Premier of Prince Edward Island. 

Admission is free. Everyone welcome. Doors open at 7 pm. For more information, contact John Flood at (902) 370-2394.


Public Screening and Discussion about
Single Use Plastic

Hosted by Matt Rainnie
WHEN: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 | 7 p.m.
WHERE: The Guild, 111 Queen Street, Charlottetown
Hosted by CBC's Matt Rainnie in the Waves of Change Series, the evening includes a free public screening of Land and Sea's Ocean Devotion, followed by a conversation about reducing our consumption of single-use plastic. CBC's Nancy Russell will present an update on how PEI is managing this, along with guest panelists Rachel Willcock, an innovative stay-at-home mom from Summerside, PEI, The Honourable Richard Brown, Environment Minister, and Ocean Devotion producer Jane Adey. Audience members will be encouraged to comment, ask questions, and share their own ideas about reducing consumption of single-use plastic. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and seating will be limited to 140 people. CBC will record segments to broadcast later.

If you are able and wish to join the Facebook Group "CBC:Waves of Change", there are lots of stories and tips shared. 

MAIS students receive prestigious
Graduate Canada Scholarships

Congratulations go to MAIS Graduate Students Emerald Naylor and Adam Mahar who received the prestigious Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. Emerald and Adam were among 2,300 postgraduate students to receive funding to pursue their research in the latest round of scholarships. 

Emerald's research proposal is entitled "Entangled Identities: How the Thirty Meter Telescope Impacts Indigenous University Students," while Adam's is "A Sustainable PEI."

On January 30, The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced that the Government of Canada is investing $141 million to support 2,300 social sciences and humanities students and scholars at the master's, doctoral, and postdoctoral levels across the country. These exceptional leaders will tackle a wide array of research topics that impact Canadians today like never before, including youth priorities in the North, climate change, energy, big data, and many other pressing issues.

Says The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, "Social sciences and humanities research is at the heart of understanding the challenges and opportunities facing our communities and our people. Nurturing young talent in these disciplines is one of the best ways to build a healthier, stronger and more prosperous Canada."

For the complete list of scholarship-winners, click here. Hats off to Emerald and Adam!




Islands are often perceived as being at a disadvantage compared to their mainland counterparts.And sure, there are some tough issues that are at least somewhat unique to islands. However, there is also plenty of evidence of the potential for unique successes, partially because island geographies necessitate doing things a little differently. 
For this episode of Rural Routes we bring you a conversation between scholars and administrators at the University of Corsica, the University of Prince Edward Island, the University of La Laguna on Canary Islands, the University of Highlands and Islands from Scotland, and Memorial University of Newfoundland.
We talked about the role of universities in predominantly rural island environments and the innovative ways in which they connect to the islands and islanders they serve.



Service Provision and Rural Sustainability: Infrastructure and Innovation

Thursday February 21, 2019 @ 3:00 p.m. CST


Hosted by Greg Halseth, Sean Markey, and Laura Ryser. co-editors of the book, 
Service Provision and Rural Sustainability: Infrastructure and Innovation 

Access to quality services and community infrastructure are vital parts of supporting sustainable and resilient rural and small town places. A recent edited book has examined the challenges associated with renewing outdated infrastructure and supporting the delivery of services in small communities. By drawing upon contributors from Canada and New Zealand, the webinar explores innovative service and infrastructure delivery models for contemporary rural and small town places. For more information, click here.


Now taking applications for course- and work-study Master of Arts in Island Studies in Island Tourism and Sustainable Island Communities for September 2019

UPEI is recognized as the world leader in delivering a quality Island Studies education, successfully offering a thesis-based Master of Arts in Island Studies program for more than 15 years.

In September 2019, we will be starting a second cohort of the new Island Tourism specialization  designed to meet the needs of current and future island-based tourism industry managers, executives, and other professional and public sector researchers. At the same time we are adding a brand-new cohort specializing in Sustainable Island Communities. The specialization in Sustainable Island Communities combines concepts of community development with practices of sustainability on islands to create a cutting-edge post-graduate degree. This focus area is ideal for students interested in the interdependence of physical, ecological, economic, political, cultural and social issues and who want to strengthen their abilities to become effective agents of community change
An additional focus area in International Relations, Islands, and Public Policy will be offered in 2020. Ask the Program Coordinator Jim Randall at or (902) 620-5013 for more details about the various programs or how to apply.

Course-based stream students participate in hybrid model delivery courses, with all courses delivered through a combination of online, video and face-to-face instruction. You can choose to undertake your degree at home or you can come to Prince Edward Island to complete your degree on the beautiful UPEI campus.

And don't forget that the thesis-based program is still accepting applications!


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